macuilli (CQ)

macuilli (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This notation for the number five (macuilli) involves a row of five small circles (colored red, yellowish-brown, and turquoiae blue, then starting again, although the reading order has yet to be determined). The circles are arranged in a vertical row.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The arrangement of the colors as red-brown-blue-brown-red is symmetrical. The color pattern does seem intentional, but the direction of reading and the choice of colors remain to be researched further.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

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Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Other Cultural Influences: 

five, cinco, numbers, números

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Randall Rodríguez

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

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